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Definition of pursuit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] pursuit of something the act of looking for or trying to find something the pursuit of happiness/knowledge/profit She traveled the world in pursuit of her dreams.
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of following or chasing someone We drove away with two police cars in pursuit (= following). I galloped off on my horse with Rosie in hot pursuit (= following quickly behind).
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] an activity that you do regularly, often for pleasure synonym hobby, pastime outdoor/leisure/artistic pursuits
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pursuit